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Ben Kessler, Director of NSD Public Forum
Ben Kessler debated for Stuyvesant High School and earned 15 bids to the Tournament of Champions, where he semifinaled. Ben also championed the Blake Tournament, the George Mason Invitational, the Columbia Invitational, and the NCFL Grandnational Championship. Since graduating, Ben has coached teams from Hunter High School in New York. In 3 years, his teams have cumulatively amassed 27 bids to the Tournament of Champions, where 2 of his teams have advanced to the octafinal round. His teams have also championed the New York City Invitational, Columbia Invitational, Princeton Invitational, and Villiger Invitational, been invited to the Harvard Round Robin 5 times, and been ranked in the top 10 in the country every year he’s coached.
Malcolm Davis competed for Newton South High School, where he championed the Bronx Round Robin, reached finals at the Harvard Round Robin, reached semifinals at the Yale Invitational, and reached quarterfinals of the Tournament of Champions. Malcolm now coaches for Strath Haven High School in Pennsylvania, where his students have championed the Bronx Round Robin, the Villiger invitational, and the Lexington Invitational.
Debating for Hawken High School, Ozan Ergungor won the Apple Valley Tournament, the Sunvitational, and the Barkley Forum. He was also a finalist at Blake Tournament and Stanford Invitational and a semifinalist at the Tournament of Champions. He ended his senior year ranked 1st in the country on Vbriefly. Now, Ozan coaches for Edgemont High School in New York.
Ella Feiner is a senior at Horace Mann, where she serves as co-president of the debate team. She has reached elimination rounds at Yale, Blake, Lexington, Columbia, Harvard, notably semifinaling at the Blake Invitational her junior year. She has also won multiple speaker awards, including top speaker at Yale. Ella is currently ranked 36th in country on VBriefly and will be attending Princeton University in the fall.
Anson Fung is a senior at Rice University. He has served as the assistant PF coach for Strake Jesuit College Preparatory for 3 years. This past year, his PF teams have accrued 10 bids to the TOC at major national tournaments such as Myers Park, Sunvite, and Barkley Forum. Notably, his team of Pierce Hollier and Daniel Wang won the Glenbrooks tournament. Anson debated in public forum for one year in high school and won the University of Texas tournament and placed third at TFA state.
Daniel Ju is currently a senior at Stuyvesant High School in NYC where he has debated for four years--serving as captain and junior varsity director as a junior and senior. Competitively, Daniel has accrued fifteen bids to the tournament of champions and was named top speaker at two major national tournaments: Princeton and Blake. He also championed the Harvard round robin and finaled at the Glenbrooks tournament and the Harvard Invitational. He is incredibly excited to share his love for debate, public speaking, and public policy with campers this summer!
Keshav Kundassery competed in Public Forum for 4 years at Mission San Jose High School in California where he captained the PF team. He reached the final round of the TOC, won the Harvard Round Robin, won the University of the Pacific tournament, co-championed the Presentation Invitational and Presentation Round Robin, and reached quarterfinals at the NCFL National tournament, the California State Tournament, the Glenbrooks, Apple Valley, Stanford, Harker, and the Kandi King Round Robin. He received speaker awards at the TOC, Stanford, Berkeley, and Presentation. In the 2017-18 season, he coached the Capitol debate team to nine total bids including semifinal appearances at the George Mason and Laird Lewis Invitationals. He will be going into his second year at Vanderbilt University.
Celia Silver competed for Princeton High School for 4 years. As a senior, she was the co-president and Public Forum captain of her team. She qualified for the TOC both her junior and senior years, and was ranked as high as 4th in the nation. She has quarterfinaled at Yale and Princeton, octafinaled at the TOC and competed in the Harvard Round Robin. She is looking forward to coaching this summer!
Daniel Wang competed in public forum for 4 years at Strake Jesuit in Houston, Texas where he co-captained the PF program his sophomore, junior, and senior years. He obtained 6 career bids, and his accomplishments include breaking at the Tournament of Champions, reaching finals at Grapevine, quarter-finals at the Barkley Forum, semi-finals at TFA State and most notably, championing the Glenbrooks tournament. He is excited to be working at NSD this summer.
Max Wu debated for Mission San Jose HS in Fremont, California. Over his four years competing in Public Forum, he reached deep elimination rounds at almost every tournament he attended and collected a total of 13 bids. Some of his notable achievements include reaching the final round of the 2016 Tournament of Champions, championing the 2017 Harvard Round Robin, and being ranked as one of the top 10 best teams in the country in both his junior and senior year. Max will be a sophomore at the University of Chicago next year; he hopes to double major in Political Science and Philosophy, and is very excited to be working at NSD!